Friday, November 20, 2009

Ladybugs are a sign of good luck? I think not....

We have a tree in our front yard. Usually it's swarming with hornets or filled with birds' nests. A few days ago, the kids noticed that the hornets and birds have long abandoned the tree, having been replaced by ladybugs. TONS of ladybugs.



These are just pictures of the trunk of the tree. There are ladybugs on the leaves, on the branches...everywhere.

Supposedly, ladybugs are a sign of good luck and good fortune. Really?! Could've fooled me.

If ladybugs are representative of all things good, then explain to me...

--How come at least one of my kids drops something heavy on the pinky toe of my right foot EVERY. SINGLE. FREAKIN. DAY.

--Why I was stupid enough to leave a bowl of delicious tuna salad on the counter uncovered, while our cat paced the kitchen just waiting for me to turn my back so she could devour my lunch

--How come I'm always the "mean one" because I won't let the kids eat candy 24 hours a day like Daddy does

--Why I thought letting Landon out of the shopping cart at Target while we were looking at (breakable) Christmas ornaments was a good idea

--Why I'm always "that mom" whose spawn run around the store like wild animals on crack

--How come my husband's idea of romance is to come up behind me, rub himself against my backside and say, "Do ya feel like having a German sausage for dinner?"

--Why it always seems to be my luck that as one of my kids is in my face telling me something, he sneezes so hard that his snot actually explodes all over my face

--Why did my morning have to start off with me slipping my ice cold feet into my slippers, only to find out the slippers were soaking wet. And then one of my toddlers proudly announcing, "Me peed on it", after I asked, "Okay, who spilled water on my slippers?" Of course, he wouldn't want to tell me that BEFORE I put the slippers on.

Then again, I've also heard that ladybugs are a symbol of love....which probably explains why after having a week like this, my heart is still overwhelmed with love for my rowdy, snot-infested, mischievous children, as well as my amorous yet perverted husband.

It's a good thing God sent a TON of ladybugs my way....

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73 comments:

Buckeroomama said...

Z came up to me when I was reading this and asked why I was laughing and I didn't know how to explain to my 2-year old your husband's idea of romance...

Great list... had me cracking up as always.

Have a great weekend!

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

Love your list!
Ladybugs are everywhere - we found 3 in our home yesterday.
No luck here either!
I love your husband's idea of being romantic - do all men think alike?

M said...

Very, Very, funny. Thanks for the great laugh.

Men think this is funny because we think this is funny ... only we wish we were seeing it in a movie ... said to someone else.

And you know that feeling of putting your foot in that slipper will never go away.

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

He peed on your slipper?? LOL!!

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Menopausal New Mom said...

We get tons of lady bugs here too, I don't mind them my daughter loves them.

I laughed at your list though, I think you husband needs a lesson in romance but you know what? My husband does the same thing but at least he keeps his mouth shut!

Thanks for sharing Lol!

Booklover1212 said...

Thank you for making me laugh so hard I dribbled coffee all over my shirt! You rock!!

~ Jennifer
http://thetoyboxyears.blogspot.com

eight helping hands said...

That was way, way too funny! I actually had a coughing fit from chocking on my coffee! Did you know that you can't swallow coffee and laugh at the same time?

S Club Mama said...

I bet those are Japanese Beatles. We had them in our dorm rooms so bad when I was in college. They get everywhere, so annoying.

Are our husband related? I mean, mine has never asked me that but he does that, too. (I'll admit I've missed it this week LOL).

Brooke said...

:p

i think all husbands are perverts.

Shelby said...

Those look like Asian Lady Beetles. Google them and you'll see that they look very similar to Ladybugs, but are pretty pesky. We had an infestation of them a few years ago, it was very difficult to get rid of them especially once they got in the house. They release this horrible odor when they are scared so don't try to vacuum them like I did. And don't squash them because they will leave a stain on walls, counters, etc... Be sure to wash your hands after coming into contact with them.

pengboo said...

We call them Halloween beetles in Ohio since they are orange. Yes, they do emit an odor, and can bite too.

I think I would have told my husband "Dear, thats not a german sausage. It more a cocktail weinie!" and of course, smiled :)

Mama B said...

I think our husbands are related as mine has the same idea of romance.

Lucky for you the lady bugs are outside, I currently have them all over my house. I will try to look at them as signs of love from now on :-)

Nicolasa said...

Oh my goodness, this is hilarious! We had a ton of lady bugs recently... they were in my classroom... gross!

MamaOtwins+1 said...

Your husbands' line cracks me up. My husband is very similar but does the Stallone voice and asks "Whacha doin baby?" Usually while I'm cooking dinner.

Mrsbear said...

Well, they definitely beat the hornets. I hate stinging insects.

Don't feel too bad, I'm routinely the mom making poor judgment calls in a public setting. I figure it gives other moms something to talk about. Also, it makes them feel better about their parenting skills. I'm always happy to boost someone else's self esteem...

Peed slippers. Yikes. Yet another reason to keep my youngest strapped in tight to his diaper.

Heather Kephart said...

Oh Helene, you are so stinking funny! Each one of these things is worthy of its own post. The material just flows out of you! Love picturing your dog eating your tuna. Sad, yes. But funny after the fact. (And with a full belly.)

Creative Junkie said...

WTH is it with husbands? Are there some secret meetings they go to to learn this stuff?

Eva Gallant said...

Love your Hubby's idea of romance! lol

Megan said...

Creative Junkie just stole the words out of my mouth. My hubs likes to use the "How about some Tubesteak" as a clever knock off when i am fixing cube steak for dinner. Never fails.... &heart;

Erykah said...

ROTFL I love your list!

Andrea said...

Love your blog! Having a hard time keeping up with mine, but I always make sure to read yours! Yes, those beetles are horrible! We had them swarming in our dorms as well. Had to close your mouth in the hallway and run. Found out they are waaaaay worse if you live next to a soybean field. Makes sense now cuz our dorm sat right next to the School of Agriculture. ugh.

Kristina P. said...

I think too many of ANY bug, even cute ones, are creepy.

Liz said...

ROTFL!!!! :-) Have a great weekend!

kys said...

Your husband and my husband read the same marriage manual.

Happy Turkey Day! I'm going away from the blog world for a while. Sob. Sniff.

shortmama said...

There must be a husband book out there that we dont know about...or some secret society where they learn this stuff

Valerie said...

Your post was hilarious! Especially, the German sausage comment...our husbands must be related!

Anyway, about the ladybugs...

We have the same problem here in KC, only they're not real ladybugs, they're these funky Japanese lady beetles, but closely resemble the ladybug. And they're EVERYWHERE!!!

Especially all over our home as we have an all white 2-story "farmhouse" and they are attracted to the bright color, especially on really warm spring-like days. As we have not had our first official hard freeze they're still popping up on warm days.

They delight my 5 & 3 olds, who love to build ladybug houses, but I am attack them with a vengance, or at least the vacuum cleaner attachment...do not like them inside my home...neither do my girlfriends...pain in the but!

May your luck begin to change and continued blessings come your way,
Val

Alicia said...

Oh my gosh, the slippers is classic!!! LOL!!

And I would be totally freaking out on the lady bugs!!!!!!

Jen said...

I have been lacks in my commenting over here and I am sorry.

But this post was awesome. I just have so much love for you. You make feel normal and that yes, life with 4 kids is really that weird.

And Jeff totally makes those kinds of comments.

Kim said...

I'm not sure which image is more disturbing—the ladybug infestation or the German sausage . . . ha!

Nezzy said...

NEWSFLASH....all ya young chicks out there, all husbands need a whole course in romance!

As gardeners we delight in seeing ladybugs in our yards. They feed upon bad bugs. What I didn't know is that they can bite. Hubby told me I was crazy but my co~teacher had the same thing happen to her.

Little boys a pee, ya just never know where you'll find it. Creative little boogers they are.

I loved your hysterically funny list. Have the best weekend filled with love and ladybugs in muzzles!!!

yonca said...

Still laughing at the last one:)My son loves lady bugs. But we never seen too much ladybugs together. Lol, when he sees only one lady bug, calls me "mom look lady bug.Today will be our lucky day!" Hope, one day...
Have a great weekend!

blueviolet said...

My husband has the exact same type of pick-up line. Could there be a better way to get me to say no?

Carly said...

The Lady bugs are all over our house too. I can not wait to move and be in our new house on Sunday, I hope there are no lady bugs there. I had to read the polish sausage line 2 times. At first I thought he wanted you to make a nice dinner. Then I got it! LOL Funny what moving and lack of sleep do to your brain.

Emily said...

OMG! Your hubby is so funny! I havent laughed out so hard before....btw yes lady bugs are good luck. Hopefully they will bring luck your way

Jessica said...

Thank you for the laugh!!! And I thought my husband was the only one who does that!

Amy said...

Oh Helen...

This post had me rolling and laughing. I loved the cat, the slippers, the husband. Oh I love your house.

Amy said...

Oh Helen...

This post had me rolling and laughing. I loved the cat, the slippers, the husband. Oh I love your house.

Mighty M said...

This is cracking me up! Love your husband's smooth moves!! ;-)

Karen said...

Wow! After hearing about your week, I need a drink!

Jenny said...

"Do ya feel like having a German sausage for dinner?" LMAO!

That is hilarious!

KK said...

LOL, I don't know what they "mean" but I know they are great for the flowers, killing little annoying bugs! We used to buy them and set them free in the garden.

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

I'd take ladybugs over hornets any day! Hope you have a great weekend to make up for you tough week!

Cynthia@RunningWithLetters said...

That is really...a whole lot of bugs. My sister gets lady bugs in her house from time to time--kind of a lot, but nothing quite like you have. My nephew claims they smell--which really doesn't sound all that lucky to me...

LaVonne said...

I actually laughed out loud for this post ;) You know, I HATE ladybugs. THey are gross, especially when they infest things. (They have a shell you know, and shells are disgusting.) I do hope they bring you WONDERFUL luck :)

Elle said...

When there are that many of them I'm thinking it's not so lucky anymore. Nice list. I had the same thing with my slippers, but it was the dogs fault.

2SetsOfTwins4Me said...

Omg the slippers.....ewwwww LOL

And dont worry, your kids aren't the only ones who run the stores like wild animals.
I still put my 5 year olds in the shopping cart (one in the front even though he has surpassed the weight limit ages ago) and the other in the back. I don't dare think they are mature enough to walk independtly yet, maybe when they are 10???LOL

Mama Michie (aka Michaela) said...

Okay... I had to read your husbands idea of romance to my husband, because he has said almost the same exact thing to me a few times in the past! It just goes to show that all men do think alike!
I got a great chuckle out of your list!

BoufMom9 said...

LMAO! Your husband and my husband must be trading "secrets".

the kid running through the store on crack... yeah, that's my kids sometimes too. You are not alone.

And ladybugs...what the heck!?! My HOME is over run with them. INSIDE. We have HUNDREDS of them. EVERYWHERE. It's crazy. i have to check the sheets before going to bed to be sure they aren't there. freaks me out!

Jennifer said...

I'm gonna go with love... Go with love! LOL!

Side note: I slapped myself, hard, because I tried to cover my mouth and muffle my guffaw (it's late, and the boys are asleep), when I read what your husband does for romance. My husband does the same thing. Men are the same. Just plain the same.

Frugal Vicki said...

German sausage will have me laughing for days.....and they never said who the good luck was FOR per say, just that it is good luck!

Christine said...

How can we live so far apart yet live such similar lives? LOL

My boys are wild animals on crack in public too. They insist that they are either ninjas or secret agents but I think wild apes is more to the point.

My boys don't just get in my face to tell me something then sneeze, they get in my face, burp loudly, THEN sneeze. It's fun trying to identify the last thing they ingested by the smell of their belches.

I've avoided the peed on slippers but I have discovered a pee filled garbage can sitting RIGHT beside the toilet.

Through all of this we still think we're pretty lucky, eh? I couldn't agree more.

When did I become my Mom said...

I love reading your posts. You are such a sweet mommy. :-)

(Feel you on so many of those. My heart really goes out to you on the peed slippers.... lol)

Kaleena said...

Oh Helene, I think we may be raising the same children. Mine act just like yours! I think people actually clap when we leave the store:) My husband must surely take lessons from yours. Maybe they have classes that men can take to become perverted?!

Queenie Jeannie said...

LOL! I love your sense of humor!

I hope your weekend has um....less snot and pee. Okie dokie!!

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Judy Harper said...

Just think of it another way--Can you imagine what kind of luck and week you would have had without the ladybugs! No telling what would have happened, like the cat or dog throwing up in you shoes as well! lol Over from SITS! Hope you have a great day!

Six Feet Under Blog said...

My youngest would love the tree with all the lady bugs!

pk said...

This post was SO funny! I laughed the whole way through. Love your writing style and sense of humour. Thanks for stopping by today (best of luck with the countertops!). Hope you're having a good weekend!

pk @ ROOM REMIX

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

HA! What is with men? I think I may be married to your husband's long lost brother! My girls are constantly *stepping* on my little toe {usually in shoes}. Crunch!

FranticMommy said...

HILARIOUS! I laughed so hard I almost peed on MY slippers! Hate to tell ya this, but I don;t think those are ladybugs. We have those nasty things around here and they are Japanese beetles. they stink when you swish em too. And the little bastards bite. Sorry for the TMI....:)

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Kimberly@PrettyPinkMomma said...

Oh man, I hate it when you wake up and find pee somewhere that you are not expecting it to be! We found in on our down comforter this morning - gross! Benji was so proud of himself for waking us up and telling us what he had done. At least its always on hubby's side of the bed!

My right pinky toe feels your pain! The toenail just fell off on that one a few days ago from always taking the brunt of the stomping.

And I swear, I must have the hispanic version of your hubby - he asks if I want some chorizo, lol!

You are so funny - seriously one of my absolute favorite bloggers ;)

Flory said...

I believe ladybugs are a sign of luck, so they're the only insect I won't stomp on. I could use all the luck I can get.

LOL - my husband does that coming behind me and saying something perverted - and I've told him so many times, it's not romantic. They just don't get it. :)

Erin said...

A German sausage 4 dinner?! ROFLMAO!

My husband often jokes about it in a similar fashion, always at the most inopportune times. Like he was already hinting earlier, but I've been up in the night w/ the kids the last 3 nights in a row plus guess who was up with them both mornings this weekend while HE slept in? You think that puts me in the mood, honeybunch?!!? GRRRRR! I'm exhausted!

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh. My. GOSH!
So, my kid, who is 9, still runs around stores like a banchee. I don't know what to do about it. So I just look at him funny and then walk down a different aisle and HOPE TO GOD that no one saw us come in together... : )

Annie said...

this post is beyond funny!!

I loved it! German sausage? Sounds like something my husband would say - and then be upset that those words failed to put me in the mood! HA HA HA!!

Hooray for ladybugs...those stinkers are all over here too ;)

Cheryl said...

Wow! I am surprised they are still around in Nov. I had to laugh at all of the luck you wrote. Very funny!!!

Just Playin' said...

Precious! Ditto on the hubby! Same here!

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

I was thinking we were living the same life except for the German sausage comment. But rest assured mine says something equally as crude.

Mama B said...

I included this post on my Sunday Funnies list

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Eve said...

Brilliant list!

HarryJack's Mom said...

Aww, I finally caught up, and this is my favorite one LOL I once had an exterminator tell me that if the ladybugs were present out of season, it meant someone in the house was pregnant, but it seems like that won't work after your Dave Experience - who made that rule, btw?? GL!

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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